Medical College of Wisconsin APP Centralized Pediatric Fellowship

The APP Centralized Pediatric Fellowship is an innovative 12-month training program that teaches APP fellows to become highly skilled in the multidisciplinary, collaborative, and evidence-based management of a variety of pediatric patient populations. It attracts NPs and PAs seeking a structured educational program to support and guide their development of proficient clinical decision making and their application of specialized skills in the care of the pediatric patient through in-person didactics, online classrooms, simulation, proctored procedures, and mentored clinical experiences.
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About Our Fellowship

Our mission and vision

Our mission and vision


  • To prepare APPs with the highest quality patient care and leadership skills who practice as professional members of a pediatric collaborative team


  • Pioneer a centralized approach to:
    • Systems based thinking, clinical acumen, and enhanced professional competencies
    • Strengthen critical thinking skills along with confidence during transition to practice
    • Expose inter-professional roles, team-based care, and variety of patient populations
    • Recruit and retain highly talented and motivated APPs
Who should be interested in a centralized pediatric fellowship?

Who should be interested in a centralized pediatric fellowship?

  • APPs with interest in advancing their clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat pediatric patients in a variety of clinical settings.
  • APPs interested in transitioning to practice in a mentored environment to build a professional network and clarify through experience a best fit for clinical practice and starting their career.

Fellowship experiences include:

  • Professional & leadership skills development
  • Academic training through scholarly project
  • Clinical experiences tailored to meet your training needs & professional goals:
    • Combined pediatric medical & surgical subspecialty experience
    • Acute/critical care inpatient experiences
What are the benefits of a centralized pediatric fellowship?

What are the benefits of a centralized pediatric fellowship?

  • An intense, quality onboarding and training experience in complex, quaternary pediatric sub-specialty patient care providing the time, exposure, hands on learning, and mentorship for novice APPs to promote a successful transition to practice.
  • Guided learning in mentored clinical rotations across many clinical areas, including inpatient and outpatient rotations in both medical and surgical specialties.
  • Exposure to inter professional roles, APP contributions to team based care, and a variety of pediatric specialty patient populations
  • Professional and leadership development to enhance confidence in transition to practice, promote resiliency and personal growth, and prepare APPs to navigate the complex and ever changing healthcare environment
  • Opportunity provided to develop a wide range of clinical and critical thinking skills and professional development with application across diverse clinical specialties.
  • APP fellows receive stipend, educational funds, standard MCW APP benefits, and post-fellowship recruitment opportunities.

Benefits of Centralized APP Fellowship

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • 12 Month program
  • Start date: September 2024
  • Three (3) APPs accepted for each cohort
  • Option to focus training in specialty care or acute/critical care

Key Fellowship Experiences

  • General pediatric experiences may include medical & pediatric surgical inpatient and ambulatory subspecialties
  • Core curriculum and rotations with elective rotation opportunities
    • "Ala carte" elective options so the experience can be tailored to fellow's interest areas
  • Professional & leadership skill development paired with APP professional mentor
  • Scholarly experience with project completion at the end of fellowship

Core Educational Structure

Core Educational Structure

Clinical Experience Timeline

How we learn

How we learn

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Meet our team

Meet our team

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How to apply

How to apply

Eligibility Requirements


  • Completion of an accredited nurse practitioner master’s or doctoral program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National board certification preference for pediatric or family nurse practitioner
  • Eligible for licensure as a NP in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check


  • Completion of an accredited physician assistant’s master’s program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certified
  • Eligible for licensure as a PA in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check

Application Details

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024 for anticipated September 2024 start date


  • Candidates who have completed their entire application will be reviewed by the fellowship selections committee
  • Top candidates will be identified for an HR interview
  • In person interviews with the fellowship team and tour of the facility is offered after HR interview for select candidates


  • Complete the Human Resources application.
  • Submit to Human Resources:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Education Transcripts from the masters/doctorate nurse practitioner or physician assistant program
    • Three letters of recommendation
      • Reference letters should address clinical experience, clinical knowledge & critical thinking, professionalism, and learning ability.
      • At least 1 academic and 1 clinical reference is required
    • One-page statement of interest in postgraduate fellowship training within pediatrics
  • If you have any questions, please contact our provider recruiter, Lauren Martin at (414) 955-5702 or via email at

Fellowship benefits
In addition to standard APP Fellowship Benefits, Pediatric Fellowship Benefits include:

  • Basic Life Support (BCLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Professional Expense budget for eligible reimbursement

FAQs for Pediatric Fellowship

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Average number of applications and number selected for an interview?
Recruitment for our program is currently just once a year in the spring. Our first cohort had 20+ applicants.
Are all Fellowship rotations at MCW/Children's Wisconsin or at different locations?
All rotations for the pediatric centralized fellowship program are at Children’s Wisconsin main campus and surrounding Care Closer to Home satellite clinics.
Does the Pediatric APP Fellowship program have enough preceptors? How much clinical experience do the preceptors have?
Key lead preceptors have been identified in each specialty area that fellows will rotate through. All preceptors have been identified as key clinical leaders within their specialty areas and have a minimum of 2 years of experiences (most with many years of experience)
What is the interview process like?
  • Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with a diverse representation of the fellowship team including the APP Director, APP Assistant Directors of the fellowship program, Education Coordinator, Lead Preceptors, and HR recruitment.
  • Candidates will be asked questions regarding their clinical experience, professionalism, communication and team-work, and interest in a fellowship program. Candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions they may have regarding the program.
  • A tour is offered of the clinical rotation sites, professional offices, general campus, and recommendations for a self-led Milwaukee tour.

Contact Us

APP Fellowship Recruitment

Tara Merck

Chief, Advanced Practice Providers